Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses, such as: the common cold, influenza and tummy bugs which are spread through hand to mouth contact.

Frequently asked questions

When should I wash my hands?

  • after going to the toilet
  • before eating
  • before, during, and after handling or preparing food
  • after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose
  • after playing outside
  • after having contact with animals, their toys, leashes, or waste
  • after touching something that could be contaminated (such as a rubbish bin, cleaning cloth, drain, or soil)
  • before dressing a wound, giving medicine or putting in contact lenses
  • after contact with blood or body fluids (like vomit, nasal secretions, or saliva)
  • after changing a nappy
  • more often when someone in your home is sick
  • whenever they look dirty.

How should I wash my hands?

  • wet your hands under clean running water. Use warm water if available
  • put soap on your hands and wash for 20 seconds. Liquid soap is best
  • rub hands together until the soap makes bubbles
  • rub on both sides of both hands
  • and in between fingers and thumbs
  • and round and round both hands
  • rinse all the soap off under clean running water. Use warm water if available
  • dry your hands all over for 20 seconds. Using a paper towel is best (or, if at home, a clean dry  towel )  If soap and water is unavailable, use hand gel.